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behind, as it shifts further and further, leaving a legacy o barrydwndal reagan behind. democrats, pay attention. this is your chance to build a party back up to that grand coalition of the new deal and new frontier years. why on earth wouldn't you? that's "hardball" for no kseiit "the ed show" with ed schultz starts right now. good evening, americans, and welcome to "the ed show" from new york. 41 days until the 2012 election and only seven days until the first presidential debate. mitt romney is telling nbc news, the race is tied. real? we, totll reod thnepaign to the concept of arithmetic. this is "the ed show," let's get to work. >> president obama and i both care about poor and middle class families. theifference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> mitt roey istill trying le u47% problem and america isn't buying it. tonight, e.j. dionne on today's
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disastrous new poll numbers for republicans. an ohio democratic party chair, chris redford, on mt romney's cke.ure to dot the " in the >> it's not consistent with our polling, steve. >> the romney campaign has officially joined the poll truthers. tonight, we will debunk the republican alternate reality. >>here is a fundamental error going on in tol t yey m organizations. >> and there's more fallout from senator scott brown's race-baiting campaign. we'll have the latest from boston. and the star of tv's "dirty mwe, as you know, well,job t. he's a guy who has made a name for himself by doing things other people don't want to do. really ugly, dirty jobs. like standing with a politician. >> i'll explain why mike rowe was standing on therong stage
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wi therongantey. oo thave you with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. no republican candidate has ever lost ohio and won the presidency. mitt romney is on the verge of becoming yet another victim of this statistic. ohio's 18 electoral votes are t ey l,e' b.ney's chances of going to have to win all six swing states where the president currently leads. the president's lead in ohio is starting to look domina. in a fox news poll, president obama leads by seven points. a "washington post" poll puts the president up b eightoi d mect poll by cbs and "the new york times" has president obama leading by ten points. romney was in ohio today, making a new pitch to voters. he's the guy who understands their pain >> there are so many in our htinght ntoelthem. i know what it takes to get an economy going again and creating jobs. >> voters in ohio don't believe
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romney on this front at all. when it comes to the economy, 51% of ohio voters say they trust president oba against mn% of voters who tstit obha aantage on the economy in ohio, because basically, this state is a national success story when it comes to the economy. listen to mitt romney's ohio surrogate, governor john kasich. doesn't sound like there's much reason for ohio voters mak a chge. ouowe you all know that ohio's coming back from 48th in job creation to number four, number one in the midwest. from 89 cents and a rainy d fund to $500 million, and w havewn00obn e ohio. our families are going back to work. >> governor kasich, you forgot to tell us whe you stood on that automobile thing that was kind of big in your state, one in eight jobs are connected to the automobile industry, which, of course, president obama lped out with the automile
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anicll republicans can't stand. things are great, so vote for mitt romney, right? i don't think so. today romney launched a new ad campaign. according to the "washington post," greg sargent, this new -second television ad, we, oio rce enh-ngua romney ads in nine states. it's another attempt to soften romney's image. >> president obama and i both care about poo and middle class families. the difference is, my policies will make things better for them. >> he's sticng up for esident oba. mn h this video will have an impact. but there's another video affecting romney's campaign in a very much bigger way. >> and so my job is not to worry about those people. i'll neveronvince them they should take personal reonsilitynd ce fo i br.e the hidden fund-raiser video where romney disparaged 47% of americans is not helping with swing voters. it's also hurting romney with his base.
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"the new york times" talked to a worker, kenneth ers, an unemployed rublican from ohio. romney's comment didn' sit we witmy "the last thing, where he was going on about the 47% who are dependent on the government is hard to swallow. i think i'm part of the 47% he's talking about. but i don'tant to be dependent on the government." that's a pretty good indication of where that comment has taken this campaign. e obama campaign is ham rrngro's comments in television ads in ohio. it appears to be taking a toll on romney's number. the gallup tracking poll showed romney making up ground with president obama after the democratic national convention. a week after the fund-raisin nebaasnep a ased bhe six-point lead. president obama was also in ohio today, delivering a knockout punch. and, oh, yes, he reminded ohio voters where mitt romney was when the state needed him at a
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critical time. >> when my opponent said we should just let detroit go bankrupt, that would ha meant walking away from an industry that supports one in eight ohio jobs. it supposusinses 82 88o ti so when he said that, i said, no, i'm going to bet on america. i'm betting on american workers. >> ohio's 7.2% unemployment rate is dirtly linked to the auto rescue, the loan. romney's campaign will l to gretetroit go bankrupt," that editorial, that of course he pinned in a detroit newspaper. according to cnn, a longtime gop strategist called obama's advantage on the automobile loan a kick in the blanks for the romney campaign you n fi in bsor se i ink you know what he said. romney is also still struggling to undo the damage done by ads highlighting his record at bain capital. the obama campaign and super
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pacs flooded the airwaves in tikianimage.s, pushing romney's one particular ad was especially damaging. >> out of the blue one day, we were told to build a 30-foot stage, gathered the guy, and we built that 30-foot stag n knowing what it was for. te a three shifts were told to assemble in the warehouse. a group of people walked out on that stage and told us that the plant is now closed and all of you are re ry over $100 million by shutting down our plant and devastated our lives. turns out that when we built that stage, it was like building mywn coffin. >> that ad was put on the internet by prioritieup pa srtghe president. the ad was viewed millions of times and 60% of the views came
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from the state of ohio. romney needs to turn things around in ohio, and he needs to do it in a hurry. he's rung out of time, and the ck to trend in e bucke st llt'oing to be awfully tough to do. he has never really connected with the middle class. i've said it like a broken record on this program time and time again. and later in this broadcast, we'lshow you how romney is trying to connect to the middle class with this guy who does tv ads for sear outfit, and wears the hat and has hwn . he standing on the wrong stage. we'll get to that later. get your cell phones out. i want to know what you think. tonight's question, who's going to win ohio? text "a" for the president and text "b" for mitt romn t 622639 or go to joining me tonight, e.j. dionne of "the shington post," also an msnbc contributor, and author of "our divided political heart," and chris redford joi
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us tonigh , fi iitountain to climb for any campaign, whether it's mitt romney or anybody else. how is he going to be able to do it? >> well, i think he knows he's in a hole, because that ad you showed where he id, both of u a me s families, that was almost an entirely defensive ad. and that quinnipiac/"new york times" poll showed why. there was a question in there that asked, does obama, does romney care about the middle class, the rich, the poor, or everyone equally? most polls the that give fou ceua gtt answers. 58% of the people in ohio said that mitt romney's policies favored the rich. by contrast, 59% said that obama's policies favored either everybody equally or the middle at17oint gap. and i think the auto rescue is part of it. those bain ads are part of it. ken blackwell, the former
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republican secretary of state was on cnn today. and he said it was jus like '04. bush roughed up kerry in the summer and kerry nev ve an dt romney will never recover, but the implication was, romney's in a heap of trouble. >> chris redfern, who is the chairman of the democratic party in ohio also with us tonight. chris. a very untenable position that governor kasich is being placed in, to go out and talk about the ecomy when is a pitiv for erndt ey had nothing to do about it. what do you make of that? >> well, it's really important to realize that the downturn in the unemployment rates in ohio began long before john kasich took office. a close look at the record, we will reflect tt th auto ueegef j kasich had a chance to take his turn as governor. and the commitment that the president made to middle income earners in places like toledo, a location that mitt romney stopped today and didn't even mention jeep- >> so you're on a roll. the democrats in oo are on a ro.
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how doou kpmei coen right now? it's almost like you're running up the score. >> well, we're going to try to get every vote out. there's 11.5 million ohioness and every vote will count, but the old ade, only poll that matters is election night, th's n . akm night where every vote begins in earnest. and we'll drive 2.5 million democrats and independents to the polls and ensure that those votes are counted earlier and that we're well positioned in thremaining weeks of this campaign to win for the president and f the sor n. e.j., we just got a piece of an videotape in, an interview he did with nbc's ron allen. i want to play it for you and get your reaction afterwards. here it is. >> one thing you seem to have trouble convincing ople of, you are the person that cares op are stggliclass people, th d see in your background and your comments the kind of empathy and understanding that could really solve their problems. >> i think people had the chance
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who watched our republican convention to see the lives i've had a chanc to touch during my life. understd ttve a pastor of a congregation with people of all different backgrounds and economic circumstances. that i care very deeply about the american people and people of diffent socioeconomic circumstances. and i think throughout this campaign as well, we've tked about my record in massachusetts. sreforget, i got everybody in 100% of the kids in our state have health insurance. i don't think there's anything that shows more empathy. >> "shows more empathy"? e.j., romney has gotten himself in the past of talking u his signature piece of health care giioutn on ouand said one of the first things he's going to do is repeal obama care. the guy continues the stumble over himself. your take on it? >> you listen to that, and the obvious question is, well, if it's such a good idea, obama adopted your pn nationally, and igine w rh au is going to say tomorrow about
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romney defending his massachusetts plan. maybe he's trying to break out of his box. but he' in a terrible position on this. but i think the one way that romney could carry ohio is if he gets the replacement refs to count the votes. d maybe we'll have a dfere ac how can he care about people, care about workers when he has them build the stage, when they announce that they're taking over the company, and oh, by the way, all your jobs are going overseas. that to me is a pretty tough sale. the middle css has been reay his wnfall thrghouhis ole cagn ch aeyn ohio will be early voting. what's the impact it's going to have on the race? >> well, four or five years ago when early vote began, we saw that we have a better turnout operation than our republican friends. we've got operation all across the ate, and we have cultivated relationships with theoters or t cef la ceyes. but it's really important to realize. >> you've got to know where the voting machines are going to be too. >> we know where the voters are and the voting machines are. and we know four words that mitt
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romney uttered that allowed us to push people to the polls. let detroit go bankrupt. 850,000 jobs, they're right here in the buckeye state because barack obama stood up for those jobs. we know where the voting booths are, in places like toledot the ymca where it's easy and great access to get to and we' g tveoth of you vote with us tonight. and share your thoughts on twitter @edshow and on facebook. we would really like to get your comments on ohio. it's suca crucial state. coming up, it was not an irobs" joineditmnme rowe of toin. we'll tell you why he might not want to give the candidate, you know, too much love. in fact, he ought to take a second look, a very clo look. congressman jim mcdermott joins me for the discussion. stay with us. ♪
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mike rowe joins mitt romney on the campaign trail to discuss jobs and vocational training. i think he's campaigning with the wrong guy. scott brown's race-baiting comments about elith warre and his supporter's racist chances have the cherokee nation asking the senator for an apology. and could democrats turn arona blue this november? roey's lead in the poll is shrinking and the senate rac is pleaharugith us on facebook and on twitter using #edshow. we're right back. does your phone give you all day battery life ? droid does. and does it launch apps by voice while learning your voice ? launch cab4me. droid does. keep left at the fork. droid does. with verizon, america's largest 4g lte network, and motorola, droid does. get $100 off select motorola 4g lte smartphones like the droid razr.
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show." thanks for watching tonight. mitt romney held a manufacturing roundtable in bedford height ohio, today ande welcomed to e ste soe whoasl known to many americans. mike rowe of "dirty jobs" on the discovery channel, and you may also know him from the ford television commercials. today he shared the stage with romney without actually dorsing him. >> he is notie' n here to endorse me, he's not here to add support to one campaign or another. he's here to talk about his ideas. >> sure. mr. rowe did offer some ideas, and he talked about the kinds of people he car about. >> the people who keep the eoi t work, the people allow who pick up roadkill, the people who paint the bridges, the people who farm, the people who mine. >> it's safe to say there is a candidate for president who cares about those very same people. but it's not the candidate rowe was sharing the sta with we talked about putting these
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people back to work and so has the president of the united states. when president obama tried to sell his jobs bill last year over the refusal of the republican congress, he talked about the kinds of people who would get those kinds of jobs. opac to work, rebuilding america. repairing our roads, repairing our bridges, repairing our schools. it would lead to jobs for concrete workers like the ones here at hilltop, jobs for cotructionkendmasons, carp carpenters, electricians, gineers, ironworkers. put folks back to work. >> mike rowe said part of the oblem was training. >> jobsepnorty and training. over and over, that's what i hear, we need more opportunity and we need better training. >> once again, there is a candidatwho believes in job training, who understands we
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need more vocational training. >> one of the, i believe, mistakes we've made 20, 30 years ago was to start de-emphasizes vocational education. right w we've got shortages of folks in fies that need techcal trai, d necessarily require a four-year college degree. >> mr. rowe went on to make a more subtle point about how we need as a country to appreciate these kinds of wageearners. >> opportunity and training en ough tking about desire in the sense of appreciation, with the rest of us. people with dirty jobs, skilled tradesmen, they represent a fairly mest part of the population. >> oh, we know how many mitt romney views many of the wage earners in this country, because wewha hiduthe 47% of american who is pay no federal income taxes.
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>> 47% of americans pay no income taxes. so my job is not to worry about those people. i'll never convince them that they should take personal responsibility and ce for their lives. m tou are ust say tr., nonpartisan, but i really believe that the other candidate is the one that you should be sharing the stage with, not mitt romney. joining me tonight, congressman jim mcdermott of washington. congressma gre to have you with ustonight. just for the re, kni k mrrowe must be a pretty good guy, very successful in the television history, a good communicator, but isn't this a perfect example of how folks who are wage earners may not be paying attention to who actually is fighting for them and mht even step up on the wrong stage and vote f the wrongrs? your thoughts. >> well, this is a desperate attempt by romney to put a whole different spin on his mpaign, to suddenly becomes someone who
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cares about peop who do the diwon this society. he has shown no sympathy for them in the past, he has shown no sympathy for their health care needs or their education needs or their employment needs. the health care's a perfect example, but there are lots of others. and they are now realizing with their numbers fng tgh e r that they've got to do something to look like they care about working america. it is really a desperate move. >> and the democrats have been very specific in their efforts. it was president obama who was trying time and time again to come forward with a specific jobs bill for infrastructure, that would affect e kinof tt the inou he romney stage today. and i guess we have to remind americans of the kind of obstruction that was in the environment in washington. >> we went again and again and again to the floor to try and get infrastructure funding. .d the republicansim hd mean, paul ryan was right in the center of it. and now you're going to make him
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vice president of the united states, in charge of opposing infrastructure building. it makes no sense. the country cannot work if we don't invest both in pele's education and in the infrastructure, and romney has no record of it, and paul ryan has a record of being against it. so i don't see how anybody's going to vote for them. >> on the stage, the theatrics a well, mike rowe is up there talking about the very people that mitt romney was dissing behind closed doors at that fund-raiser. he can't say it about them, but maybe this guy can. maybe i'll hand the microphone to thisguy, this guy ned mik , w a workman's hat and a sweatshirt and goes around and has pretty good visibility, maybe he can get up there and say that i really do care about these folks. i find this of somewhat of a desperate move, the choreography of all of this. >> well, it's really based, ed,
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on thedea tt thmen lepind they'll forget what he said last week. and now he comes with this show today and says, no, that wasn't me last we. that -- you forget about that guy. i'm a guy who really cares about working people. ey n mishe p voters are not -- about the 47% who don't pay income tax. the unemployed don't pay -- they don't pay income tax. and those people are the ones we're talking about here. >> congressman jim mcdermott, great to have you on "the ed show." thanks so much. keep up the fight, my friend coming up, new video and n trou f rlinat scott brown. find out what this tape can tell us about the senator and his offensive tactics on the campaign trail. and republicans don't like reality, so they have crted, i guess you could say, very new ity withild conspiracy theory, numerous ones, i might add, about the polls showing that president obama is in the lead. chris kofinis joins me next.
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an ] and we are back. we wish we could report republican senator scott brown is apologizing for the offensive race baiting during a rally on saturday. several of brown's staffers have been identified in this video
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lling war cnts and d tomahawk chop. they're targeting brown's opponent, elizabeth warren. brown claims she lied about her native american heritage, but senator brown will not apologiz. and this morning the principal issued ement,an keeatio answers. "i call upon senator brown to apologize for the offensive actions of his staff and their uneducated, unenlightened and racist portrayal of native peems peempeem peop" ju before 7:0 senator brown's spokesperson has released this statement, "senator brown has spoken to his entire staff and issued them their one and only warning that this type of conduct will not be tolerated. he regre that members of his staff did not live up to the high standards of the people of se"shuses ex a my friends, may i point out, this is not exactly an apology. in fact, the state democratic party is circulating a new video
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which shows the racist chanting could be a normal part of the brown campaign. >> when professorarre m a mistake, claiming that she's a native american, you know, s could have very easily just said, you know what, i'm sorry, i made a mistake, it's something my family told me. >> here are the facts. scott brown is the republican sweetheart in the most expensive nate race in the country. na's aitti ud es an he is attacking his opponent on her ethnic background. the date, 2012. can you believe it? let's turn to boston city council member, eyanna presey. nieat to have you with u apiaoume ho damaging is this to senator brown's campaign? >> it needs to be very damaging. this, actually, i don't consider this to be race baiting, there's nothing coy, codified or couched about this. it's just outright racist. but iis consistent with scott
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heenniscared. this is a tactic. elizabeth warren has consistently campaigned on the facts and scott brown has consistently, personally attacked. and now his staff, and it's important to underscore that, these are not just overzealous supporters these aeoe w taxpayers pay their salary, who are on his payroll, who are supposed to be advising him on policy, advocating for constituents. all eyes are on massausetts with this senate race, and this is a very sad commentary we know that scott- >>t d yak o senator brown's statement to his staff? do you consider that an apology? does it go far enough? and what about the reaction of the cherokee chief? >> the reaction from the chief is appropriate, and certainly, not surprising. scott brown has not gone far enough. you know, if affiliation and association were irrelevant, scott brown wouldn't continue to distance himself from mitt
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romney. i am a former -- before i was elected to office, i was an aide to a united states senar. and it is fai t say that your staf ny aefio ofu, but a reflection on you. >> when he said, in the debate, that you could look at elizabeth warren and tell that she was not native american, i mean, i about fell over when i saw that. i mean, that playsight into the ariza w meour papers" law, the big controversy we've had about that. what was your response to that? >> well, my response right now is that i don't have to be -- i am a black woman, but i'm not only offend by these remarks, as a black woman, i don't have to be native american to be offended. i'm offded as anameran. ottwn'tust a candidate. he is a sitting united states senator, and i want someone in that seat who subscribes to eplurs b epl
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pl plurbis enum. out of many, we are one. this is a consistent tactic. i think east demonstted in his voting record that he has sided with big oil and billiaires and no ieare'posed that he'll side with bigots as well. >> ayanna pressley, city council woman in boston, great to have you with us tonight, thanks so much. there's a lot more coming up in the next half hour of "the ed show," stay wi us. on friday i looked at the gatihacana numbers by an but i trust it. >> the romney campaign joins the growing number of republican poll truthers. >> and in every single one of them, they have a democratic voter participation that is higher than the parcipation in the electorate in 2008. >>xtl explain why their alternate reality is a fantasy land. and all of a sudden arizona is back in play for senate democrats. the republin lead in deep red
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. today we'll talk about the real poll numbers. the media is slating this myth that romney is in serious trouble. well, on friday i looked at the real poll numbers bn niont n'name, but i trust it. >> welcome back to "the ed show." that was dicmorris, that's right, talking about his super secret polling source more than a month ago. and it seems republicans are now working harder than ever to creahewnrey. the conspiracy theories are reached fox news. >> well, if you look at the mainstream media, the big headline is, according to their polling, mitt romney is, what, five, six, seven, eight points behind barack obama right now.
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is that the sa kinof pling gu are fnghr internal? >> hold it right there. he's complaining about all those mainstream media polls? but fox news' most recent poll had president obama up by five points over mitt romney. here ed gillespie of the roeypan aninhis question. >> it is not consistent with our polling, stephen. i'm struck by a couple of things. number one, there are three swing state polls out today, and in every single one of them, theyave a democratic voter participation that is higher than the participation in the electora in 08 ousomething a lot of republicans have been complaining about as of late. they say democrats are being oversampled in all of these polls. by the way, the same fox news poll showed 42% identifying as espuan talking point tifying as has gotten new life because of a website claiming to fix all these inaccurate polls that are out there. it changes every national poll
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to fit the party breakdown used by scot rasmussen of rmussen report buotsmsen said, "you cannot compare partisan weighting from one polling firm to another. different firms ask about partisan affiliation in different ways." so even the republican pollster from the right debunks the idea thatll theseational polls should be oled to fit his methods. les bring in democratic strategist chris kofinis now. i think we've seen it all now. this is a heck of a sale job going on. the right wing is going full tilt on this, ciming all o these polls are oversampling democrats. ,oramfou see the argument that occasionally you're going to have polls that are off, because that's the nature of polling, you're never going to have consistency across every poll. and if you say, you're right, there are some meth logical differences into models that different polls use to determine erve romney's ahead.
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i mean, show me the poll where he's aheadn florida, show me the poll where he's ahead in ohio. he's behind in almost every single battleground state, except potentially north carolina, and there are polls showing him behind the. u sc a pc reth polling and how inaccurate it is. the reality is, no one believes, not even i think governor romney's campaign, believes they're ahead in any of these critical states. >> here's reaugh and steve duschi on the conspiracy theory. >> they're hoping you stay home and don't vote. >> they're going to show president obama way up in the polls just to tamp down y br voting. republicans go >> it's the liberal media. does the obama campaign need to even respond to this garbage? >> i don't think they need to respond, but as democrats, i
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think we need to be very careful about being overconfident. this rac is not like 2008, and at'somet tst s little bit of pause and concern. 2008, you knew it was over by mid-september, as soon as the financial crisis happened. it was basically destiny. you knew the president, you knew that then senator obama was going to win. this one, i would say, the president is clearly in a strong position, but the are still potential twists herite de bng one of them, if governor romney has a good debate, he can change it, but the problem here is he's running a bad campaign he's a bad candidate with bad policies, and how do you turn that around in one debate? i'm not sure it's possible. >>well chs got all these internal numbers now that he's banking on. they've got to be feeling good about their internal numbers. every campaign has internal numbers, you know how it is. how does he turn it around? we've played a big segment tonight on ohio. i think he hadhat mowe o e tatan working man look to try to
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appease the problem when it came to the 47%. how does he turn this around? and where does he turn it around? where does he really have to focus? >> here's what i think is interesting about this election. it started offyou know, as most elections do fo inenasefdu but then it became clearly a choice. now it's become a referendum again, but not on president obama. it's become a referendum on governor romney and his policies and his statements and his vision, and his just, i think, basic outlook for the countr for hard-working mili. i'm noture weha that. he's got to go into that debate. because it really is the one defining moment that's left for him. he got to go into that debate and show an empathetic side that we have not seen. he's got to show vision and substance that we have not seen, and he's got to roc the president. and i don't believe any of those thgs can happen one debate. ats going to materialize around this campaign. at that time, they're going to say, listen, he didn't win that debate. this is more or less over. >> all right. chris kofinis, great to have you with us tonight. appreciate your time on "the ed show." coming up, now that the
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but i knew i was going to be doing this story before too long. since making national headlines with his legitimate rape comment, congressman todd akin has been walking a lonely road in the missouri senate race against clre mccaill, the incumbt. tonatial republics,ha doy? well, they urged him to step down. republican groups pulled funds from his race. last week, the chair of the rnc said akin won't receive any support from the party. but he continues toin the support of some name republicbe gou could say. earlier this week, it was former house speaker newt gingrich. today, former presidential candidateick santorum inouth carolina, and senator jim demint got together endorsing akin in a joint statement. and now that the deadline for akin to withdrawrom the race publicans may have no choice but to fall in line behind his campaign in a last-ditch effort to oust claire mccaskill and maybe grab the senate, which for
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some means they're just going to have to do a flat-out 180. ser b wneth many politicians who publicly urged akin to get out of here. >> you know, i think it's a distraction and "the wall street journal" again this morning said todd needs to get out of this race, because the things he's for are actually being held back by all theocus o hndom cotss made. >> but late tuesday night, just after the 5:00 p.m. deadline, blunt issued a statement announcing his support for the congressman. "congressman akin and i don't agree on everything, but he and i agree the senate majority must change. from govnor romney tthe uncoou i working for the republican ticket in missouri and that includes todd akin." d doggone . and blunt isn't the only one changing its tune. released a statement saying, we're going to support the guy.
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and in the big finish tonight, the red state of arizona could be changing colors. new polling from purple strategies shows mitt romney with only a three-int lead over president obama. back in 2008, the obama campaign thought they had a shot at arizona if senator john mcca noenn the top of the ticket. there is also a open senate seat in the state of arizona that is now in play. outgoing republican senator jon kyl's seat could be turning from red to blue. the republican candidate for senate is congressman jeff flake. he leads democrat chaenger richard carmona bnl t a carmona campaign
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internal poll. now, congressman flake is a typical republican in speaker boehner's failing house of representatives. he wants to repeal obama ca, the affordable care ac he's against a woman's light to choose, and the icing on the cake, he voted for paul ryan's, what some people call, immoral budget that completely guts medicaid and dismantles the social safety net in america. his oppont, former george w. bush surgeon raic carmona, is taking the opposite approach. >> it's reprehensible to think that the contract that we have with our seniors through medicare or social security is going to be cut. that doesn'take any sense. these are not entitlements. these are, in fact, investments. thinkhat' theng th tdo. >> meanwhile, flake is trying to tie carmona to president obama. >> richard carmona was recruited
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by barack obama. jeff flake is supported by jon kyl and john mccain. on for obama's health care law. flake's against obama's health care law. >> joining me now is dr. richard carmona, democratic candidate for senate in arizona and the former surgeon general of the united states. doctor, nice to meetyou. s gho he yo her oth i'll go right to it. health care is in your wheelhouse. you are the expert. he's going after you, your opponent's going aer you on obama care. but you have been critical of heal care in geral on both sides. isere do you stand on all o lls surgeon general, ed, i was very career, and i still feel the same way, as a physician, as a professor, when i responsibility for the nation's health. it was a real problem that our nation didn't have a system that provided access to health re for all, and we need a robust business plan to be able to support that. that's where i stand and i'll never waiver from the fact that
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i believe that every american should have access to a basic set of health care benefits. >> well, you've got a lot of senior citizens in the state of arizona. how do you play with them and is this going to be your ticket? >> well, i don't haveny spif ticket. i mean, i fall b a long history of service. having been a policeman, having been a soldier, having been a combat soldier, u.s. army special forces, having been a surgeon generaof the united states, a professor at a university. so all of these things are really things that i have worked with all my life and i've had the prile to se >>at seats don't open up too often in the state of arizona. in fact, there's only been ten senators in arizona's 100-year history. why do you tnk you have a shot at this one? >> i think i have a good shot. in t last ten months as i've been running fhe.s teveraveled the state and spoken to average persons, to native americans on the reservation, to business people, to bankers. most of the people i speak to are very unhappy with the lack of leadership that jeff flake has shown in his position as a
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congressman. businessmen tell me time and time aga that he's against erytng a forin nilcompromise. he takes extreme positions. so i think they're desperate for real leadership. and i can provide that leadship for them. >> and there's a third party libertarian candidate. is this going to help you? >> i don't know. i haven't real thought about it. i've heard about this person. but the fact i tt wor rd sngiton my messages, showing the public the differences between congressman flake and i, and we're tied, and no one ever expected that to happen. i'm very pleased with the team i put together that's taught me t be a good candidate. >> and we know in theast year, e state of arizona has been thhotbed of crsn slation en it comes to immigration. the show me your papers law, all of the controversy that surrounded all of that. immigration reform, hot in your state. how do you differ from congressman ake on this issue? >> well, i can tell you how i feel about it very simply. the problem is renke ngule times, especially after he decided to become a senator. you know, he ran a very tough
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primary and you have to move far to theight and now he's trying to show people he's a moderate, whiche really isn't. i've beenteadfast in my ef tur general of the united states and after. i thought there was a great plan in not disadvantaging the children and allowing us to have a dream act. i still believe that's the pat forward. it's the most reasonable way to settle this divisive battle that brings no value to the american public. >> i want toet back to health care. that's your strength and you're the expert on it. do you believe in universal health care? do you believe every american should have it? >> as i said in the opening remarks, i believe every american should have accesto a basic set of health re nefi i yh marketplace, i'm okay with competition. in fact, if you look at almost every plan in the last few years and what we do in our states now, what we call accountable care organizations. let's measure what we do. let's make everybody more accountable. let's get quality care at the least cost, but let's m
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